What an amazing start to 2018 it has been, I can’t believe it is only May! Going into this year I hadn’t done an all-around competition since my ankle injury at the end of 2016, so I was unsure of how my body was going to cope going into competitions. This year our competition season began much earlier than we are used to due to having the Commonwealth Games being held in April. We began trials for this in January, followed by the English championships a week later. I was then given the opportunity to compete in the American cup in Chicago, a huge event for us in gymnastics and I was happy to go and produced a solid all-around performance in a big arena. It was then another quick turn around as we had the British championships that same week that we got home from Chicago – so no time for jetlag!

Since my last blog I have had a few months of training and rehab where I started to build up the workload and attempted to do a little bit of basic tumbling on the fast track to see how the ankle would cope, alongside a lot of bars! I competed on bars at the first European trial held at lilleshall a few weeks ago without a full dismount, but my ankle wasn't coping very well, as it was still very painful and swelling.

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I am excited that it is the beginning of 2017. Last year was quite a tough year, I struggled with a few injuries, which was the first time I'd had any major injuries that kept me out of training for a while. At the beginning of the year I had a stress fracture in my back (L5 pars) which meant I had to stop any training which included impact and extension through my back until early march, which meant me missing a few of the competitions at the beginning of the year. I then began getting my routines back as quickly as I could for the rest of the competitions and trials, and was named one of the reserves for the Olympic team.

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